Diversity Challenge

6.30pm to 8.00pm, Thursday 19 September

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Diversity Challenge
  • Type

    Talk / quiz


Standard £10


Concession £5


Ri Members and Ri Patrons Free

Event description

Where are all the Black and brown scientists? Women engineers? LGBTQ+ mathematicians? Disabled nanotechnologists? Asian or minority ethnic physicists?

The current state of diversity in science is poor at best. Discoveries and stories of underrepresented scientists are often erased from the history books, when we know they play  significant roles in the advancement of science.  

Diversity Challenge, inspired by the popular quiz show ​‘University Challenge’, will pit two teams of diverse renowned scientists from around the UK to see who knows more about underrepresented scientists. Join the amazing ​Suze Kundu​ in hosting an unmissable evening of short talks and enlightening questions.Here’s your first starter for 10 (no conferring)... 

This event is sponsored by the Wellcome Collection and London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).

Please note that this event starts earlier than normal at 6.30pm. 

About the speakers


Dr Suze Kundu ​is a nanochemist, writer (Forbes Science), presenter, and head of public engagement at Digital Science.  

Quiz contestants

Dr Esther Odekunle​ is a Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a science communicator, she received her PhD from Queen Mary.  

Chris Jackson​ is an earth scientist at Imperial College and TV presenter with an interest in how our planets landscapes and seascapes evolve over millions of years.  

Prof Cathy Abbot​ is a neurogeneticist at the University of Edinburgh, where she works on understanding a genetic disorder that causes epilepsy and developmental delay in children.

Dr Nira Chamberlain ​is a senior data scientist, mathematician and the president designate of the Institute of Mathematics and its application.  

Lakechia Jeanne​ is a Biomedical and MPH Scientist with a background in Film and TV, she founded Girls In Science. 

Dr Alfredo Carpineti ​is a gay Italian astrophysicist, science journalist, science communicator, and the chair and founder of Pride in STEM. 

Natalie Cheung​ is a Civil Engineer and was awarded the YMCA Young Leader of the Year 2018 and University of Manchester Medal of Social Responsibility in 2019. 

Dr Jessica Boland​ is a Lecturer of Functional Materials and Devices in the Materials and Devices Division in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Manchester.  

Short talks 

Abbie Bray​ (UCL), ​Siena Castellon​ (QL mentoring), ​Eleanor Harpum​ (UCL), ​Madina Wane​ (Imperial), and Dr Charlie Wand ​(Manchester). 


The doors will open at approximately 6.00pm, with a prompt start at 6.30pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the 

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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